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Newspaper Archive: 1860s


Saturday 17th March 1860 Sheffield Independent
Twenty Pound Reward.
Whereas some evil and disposed Person or Persons did on Thursday night 8th inst. or early Friday morning the 9th wilfully and maliciously cut the Pit Rope belonging to Mr. John Wilbraham at the Colliery Dore, and person who shall give such information as shall lead to the conviction of the offender or offenders shall receive the above reward viz. £10 from Ringinglow Association of the Prosecution of Felons and £10 from Mr. John Wilbraham. Information to be given to the superintendent of Police, Dronfield or to Jas Ball, Police Constable of Dore and Totley.



Saturday 30th March 1861 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Sheffield Guardians—The following is the complete list of nominations for the Sheffield Union :—

Mr. C. Leonard, printer, Waingate.
Mr. Joseph Mountain, plumber, Waingate.
Mr. John Watkinson, agent, St. George's terrace.
Mr. George Bassett, confectioner, Park.
Mr. Joseph Hallam, needle manufacturer, Park Farm.
Mr. Francis Colley, leather dealer, Market place.
Mr. Robert King, printer, Granville street.
Mr. John Tasker, gutta percha merchant, Angel street.
Mr. Thos. Flint, tailor, Westbar.
Mr. Thos. Youdan, Surrey Music Hall.
Mr. Joseph Ashforth, manufacturer, Rock street.
Mr. James Burgin, tailor, &c., George street.
Mr. Wm. Stacey, music dealer, West street.
Mr. John Eaton, pawnbroker, Broad street.
Mr. Hy. Crawshaw, druggist, Moorfields.
Mr. John Bland, Brunswick Hotel, Old Haymarket.
Mr. Wm. Muddiman, boot and shoe maker, Angel st.
Mr. John Hunsley, innkeeper, Castle street.
Mr. John Crossland, manufacturer, Park hill lane.
Mr. Thomas Parkin, maltster, Rock street.
Mr. Joseph Whewall, hosier, Angel street.
Mr. Alexander Neil, tailor, Change alley.
Mr. Thomas Peel, pork butcher, Westbar.
Mr. J. Plant, victualler, Broad street.
Mr. Thomas Appleyard, grocer, Haymarket.
Mr. Edwin Hall, hosier, Snighill.
Mr. Thomas McGivern, cutlery dealer, Snig hill.
Mr. G. A. Bridges, hatter, Angel Btreet.
Mr. Thomas Clifford, draper. Angel street.
Mr. Thomas Bourne, hosier, Castle street.
Mr. Michael Beal, watchmaker, Market place.
Mr. Wm. Eaton, dining rooms, High street.
Mr. Jph. Hadfield, marble warehouse, Eyre street.
Mr. G. Roper, druggist, Intako road.
Mr. J. S. Birks, grocer, Market place.
Mr. John Askham, table-knife manufacturer, Broad ln.
Eighteen other gentemen, including Ald. Saunders and Mr. Wm. Hutchinson, were nominated, but have withdrawn their names. Other gentlemen intending to withdraw, should do so before Tuesday next. A most absurd course has been pursued with regard to the nominations, some of the candidates having been nominated by as many as 38 persons.
For Brightside, which has two guardians, the nomination are: - Messrs John Jones and G. Scorah, the retiring guardians; and Mr. Wm. jarvis, of Pitsmoor, gentleman.
For Handsforth, which has only one guardian: - Mr Edward Holmes, nurseryman, Handsworth; and Mr. John Bland, Brunswick Hotel, Old Haymarket, Sheffield are nominated.
For Attercliffe: - John Rhodes is re-elected without opposition.



Saturday 20 April 1861 Sheffield Independent (page 6)
Dore. On Monday afternoon last, the first stone of an infant school was laid by John Roberts, Esq., of Abbeydale, in the presence of a numerous assemblage. On the same evening, a concert was given in the school room, in aid of the fund for the erection of the infant school. The principal vocal parts were sustained by Miss Warburton, Messrs. Hammerton, (basso) J. Nicholson, J. Ward, Kirk, J. Warburton, Osborne, Cumming, and Birtles. The instrumentalists consisted of Messrs. J. T. Hill, (leader), W. Furniss, Tyler, violins. Flutes.- Messrs. T. Froggatt, Eyam, and Marples. Violoncellos. - Messrs. J. Linneker, and J. Furniss, Norton. Double bass. - Mr. G. Shaw, Barlow. Cornopean. - Mr. John Revitt.  Piano. - Miss Warburton, and Mr. T. Osborne all executing the parts committed to them with very great zeal and ability. Miss Warburton’s performance gave great satisfaction, and Messrs. Nicholson, Birtles, and Hammerton were heartily encored. The band under the leadership of Mr. Hill, played the overtures and concerted pieces in a very gratifying manner. Among the company were the Mayor of Sheffield and family, Mrs. Waterfall and friends, Mr. and Mrs. Newbold, of Abbeydale Grange, John Roberts, Esq., J. G. Waterfall, Esq., the Rev. E. B. Chalmers, and family. A very handsome sum was realised, and the performers very liberally gave their services without even being reimbursed their expenses.



Saturday 23rd November 1861 Derbyshire Times and Chesterfield Herald (page 3)
William Crofts Sheffield was charged by P.C. James Ball, Totley, with being on the premises of Mr. Geo. Osborne a Dore Farmer. The prisoner with another man were seen by Ball about 3am this Wednesday morning prowling about with a gun. He watched them and then walked up to them, when he had a struggle with them. He took Crofts and the gun which was loaded but the other escaped. Committed for 3 months with hard labour.



Wednesday 8th January 1862 Derby Mercury (page 5)
William Cox and Tom Conners navvies were apprehended by Constable Ball of Totley for stealing a handkerchief containing six quires of writing paper and several packets of envelopes and dozen of buttons and several boxes of steel pens the property of Geo. Mayfield at Baslow - Remanded for 1 week.



Thursday 12 June 1862 Sheffield and Rotherham  Independent (page 2)
Five Pounds Reward - Wanton Mischief.

Late on Tuesday night or early on Wednesday morning, 10th or 11th inst. some evil-disposed Person or Persons threw the Stone Balls from the Gate Posts lately erected by Mr. Roberts at the entrance to his Grounds, Abbeydale Park; also one from one of the Posts in front of the House, thereby doing considerable damage to the Stone Work. Any Person giving to Mr. Roberts or the Rural Police such information as shall lead to the conviction of the Offender of Offenders , shall receive the above Reward.



Saturday 12th July 1862 Supplement to The Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 12)

Wing-Wilson. On the 7th inst., at the Parish Church, Doncaster, by the REv. Vaughan, vicar, Mr. John Unwin Wing, accountant, Sheffield, to Jemima Jane, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Robert Wilson, of Barnby, near Howden, Yorkshire.




Tuesday 29 March 1864 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 8). [Extract only]
Nomination of Guardians
The following gentlemen have been nominated as Guardians:-
Brightside - Wm. Jarvis, Pitsmoor; Thomas Jowitt, Crabtree; George Scorah, Spital-hill; Joseph Mountain, Grimesthorpe; and John Martin Stanley, Woodhill. Those gentlemen who do not intend to stand for election should withdraw their names before Thursday next.



Tuesday 10 May 1864 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
To be Let, Green Oak House, with Stabling and Carriage Houses &c. This desirable Residence is pleasantly situate on the Abbeydale-road, near Totley. The Mansion has a southern aspect, and commands one of the finest Views in the neighbourhood, and the air is remarkably salubrious. Attached to the house is a large Garden with Lawn and Shrubbery; and a quantity of Land, from one to forty acres, might be had if required. An eligible Tenant will be liberally treated with. Apply to John Roberts, Esq., Abbeydale Park; or to Messrs. F.E. & S. Smith, Estate Agents, 1, George-street.



Tuesday 20th September 1864 Sheffield Independent (page 8).

In the evening about 50 of the subscribers sat down to an excellent dinner at the Devonshire Arms. W.B.Fernell Esq. Sheffield presided and the Vice Chair was occupied by Mr. Furness. After the usual toasts the Chairman proposed success to the Dore, Totley & Ecclesall Horticultural Soc. and in doing so referred to the very great benefit conferred on the district by the establishment of such a society. The industrious working classes could thus occupy their time in cultivating their gardens, and were able to refrain from unseemly indulgence and by their conduct elevated the morality and intelligence of the district Mr. Hancock responded to the toast, and referred to the history of the society.

The other toasts were "The exhibition" proposed by Mr. Miller, "The Judge"proposed by Mr. Hancock and responded to by Mr. Wildgoose and "The Patrons of the Society"proposed by Mr. Furness. After the dinner proceedings had concluded a dance was held and a goodly number indulged in the amusement.



Tuesday 28 March 1865 Sheffield Independent (page 5)
Nominations for Guardians of the Poor
Nominations for the approaching election of Guardians, closed last night. For the Sheffield Township they were as follows: Messrs. G. L. Saunders, Joseph Hallam, Richard Searle, Wm. Stacey, G.A. Lockwood, John Cooper, Joshua Fawley, Fretwell Hudson, Thomas Appleyard, Joseph S. Birks, John Bradwell, Thomas Jackson, William Booth, William Foster, jun., John Bland, Joseph Mountain, Edward Drabble, John Hall, Jospeh Eli Grundy, George Bassett, Joseph Redfern, Joseph Whewell, Thomas Youdan, Thomas Myers, William Wigfall, Charles Butler, Joseph Pell, Thomas Peel, Edward Courtnall, James Wing, John Hill, Robert Younge, Henry Hutchinson, Samuel Roberts, Henry Nowill, John Unwin, William Jeffrey, Benjamin Ashton, William Wright Marshall, John Starbuck, and John Tasker. - Brightside Bierlow: Messrs. Wm. Jarvis, George Scorah, William Barker, Joseph Ashforth, and John Martin Stanley. - Attercliffe: Alfred Jackson. - Handsworth: Edward Holmes. Mr Youdan has sent in his refusal to serve.



Saturday 13th January 1866 Sheffield Independent (page 8)
Cutting Underwood

Yesterday an old offender named William Marsden of Totley labourer was committed for 3 calendar months with hard labour by P.W. Bagshaw Esq. at the Oaks for cutting underwood doing damage to the amount of 4s in a wood belonging to F. L. D'Ewes Coke Esq of Totley on 22nd December last. The man escaped at the time and has since been apprehended on warrant. He has been previously committed for similar offences.


Saturday 21st April 1866 Derbyshire Times Chesterfield Herald (page 6)
Sudden Death.
On Saturday morning Mr. Robert Pinder of Totley Bents died suddenly from a fit of apoplexy deceased who was 78yrs of age rose at 6am in a usual health, and at the time of his death was preparing to leave home for business. Dr France examined the body and said that the death had resulted from the cause above stated. From the medical testimony of Dr. France, Mr. Busby the coroner does not deem it necessary to hold an inquiry.



Thursday 21st February 1867 The Yorkshire Post (page 1)
Alteration of Day of Sale
Excellent Shooting on the Best Moors in England

Totley, Derbyshire, Six Miles from the town of Sheffield, and an equal distance from Chatsworth, the lovely estate of the Duke of Devonshire.
Messrs Pott & Neale and instructed to offer by Auction, at Mr. Nicholson's Auction Mart, High Street, Sheffield, on Tuesday, Feb 26, 1867, at One for Two precisely instead of Tuesday the 5th day of February, as previously advertised.
The Manoral Allotment or Moor Land, in the Township of Totley, consisting of 178 acres, situate in the very centre of the Moors belonging to His Grace the Duke of Rutland; also the Right of Shooting over the Manor of Totley, together with an enclosure of Land, containing 50 acres, on the borders of the Moors, in the occupation of several tenants, but to be sold in one lot. Also Twenty-Six Cottages and Garden Plots, Public House, and several small accommodation Closes, making, with the foregoing, about 263 acres, which will be allotted and particularised in bills in the course of preparation, the issue of which would be shortly announced.
The village of Totley is a the extremity of a picturesque valley, through which the Turnpike road runs to Chatsworth; the whole of the route is studdied with handsome residences of the opulent merchants and manufacturers of Sheffield, within a short distance of the above estate indicating unmistakenably the opportunity is only wanting in this favourite locality to extend building operations of a similar character. The Midland Railway Extensions from Sheffield now in progress, will be within a mile and a half of the village. Fines sites may be selected on this property and in the hands of an enterprising speculator, could not fail to be a lucrative investment.
Full particulars and plans are now ready, and may be had from Messrs Parke & Pollock, 63 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, or at the Auctioneers' Offices, 12 Charing Cross, London, and Wheeler Gate, Nottingham.



Friday 8th March 1867 The Nottinghamshire Guardian (page 3)
Extensive Sales of Estates
The Property of Lord Middleton
Within the last few days the most extensive and important series of sales ever offered by auction in this part of the country, have been effectively and successfully conducted by Messrs. Pott and Neale, of Nottingham, who have had the honour of being appointed by Lord Middleton to dispose of some of his valuable estates by public competition.... The Totley Estate, divided into 22 lots, was all sold after a most spirited competition in the various biddings, and realised £11,603; his Grace the Duke of Rutland being the purchaser of the Moor Lands.



Wednesday 18 December 1867 Sheffield and Rotherham Independent (page 4)
Dore Penny Readings

The third of these entertainments took place in the schoolroom, Sore, on Monday evening, the Rev. J.T.F. Aldred in the chair. The following ladies and gentlemen, friends of J. Roberts, Esq., of Abbeydale Park, assisted:- Miss Beckett, Miss Corwan, Miss Potts, the Misses Wilkinson, Capt. Prest, Mr. E. Hall, and Mr. Wilkinson. The choir also was present. The entertainment passed off very successfully. 



Monday 20th January 1868 Sheffield Independent (page 3) [Extract only]
Introduction of Machinery into the Brick Trade
On Saturday afternoon, Mr. R. White, brick manufacturer, gave a dinner to his brickmakers and to a number of workmen who have been employed at his works at New Grimesthorpe, in erecting an improved kiln and in fixing some machinery for making bricks...The dinner was served at the Bowling green, at Grimesthorpe, and the company numbered between 200 and 300... Mr. Joseph Mountain then proposed the toast of the evening, "Success to the brickworks at Grimesthorpe." He expressed his opinion that the works would prove of great advantage to the village, and as Mr. White had embarked in such a large and important undertaking, he trusted that his workmen would rally round him and do all they could to protect his interests. The toast was received with three times three...



Tuesday 21st April 1868 Sheffield Independent (page 1)
Totley Chemical Works
T. Tinker and Co., In retiring from the Chemical Business, thank their Friends and late Customers for their kind Patronage, and beg to recommend as their Successor Mr. Thomas Kilner, their late Manager.
Thomas Kilner, In taking to the above Buisness, hopes, by assiduous attention to Business, to merit that patronage and Support which has been bestowed upon his Predecessors.



Saturday 13th February 1969 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Leasehold Property at Grimesthorpe
To be be sold by Auction, by Mr. Harvey, at his Mart, Bank-street, Sheffield, On Tuesday the 23rd of February, 1869, at Four o'Clock in the Afternoon, subject to Conditions of Sale to be then produced.
Lot 1 - Six Dwelling-houses, situate in Moss-street, Grimesthorpe, adjoining property belonging to Mr. Joseph Mountain, each containing Two Sitting Rooms and Three Bed-rooms, and now in several occupations of Messrs. Peach, Bywater, Floyd, Hull, Mitten, and Bailey, at Rents amounting to £62 8s. per annum. The site contains 600 Square Yards or thereabouts, and is held under Lease for 800 years from 29th September, 1868, at the yearly rent of £15.
Lot 2 - The Commodious Messuage and Sale Shop, situate at the Corner of Carlisle-road and Moss-street, Grimesthorpe, now in the occupation of John Lee, pork butcher. Also the Six Adjoining Dwelling-houses, four whereof front to Moss-street, and the remaining two front to Carlisle-road, each containing two Sitting Rooms and Three Bed-rooms, and now in the several occupations of Messrs. Beaumont, Parkinson, Wakefield, and others. This Lot produces a Rental of £82 8s. per annum. The Site contains 645 Square Yards or thereabouts, and is held under a Lease for 800 years from the 29th September, 1868, at the yearly rent of £21 10s.
The properties are substantially bilt, pleasantly situated, and are fitted up with every convenience for houses of this description.
For Further Particulars application to be made to the Auctioneer, or to: Messrs. Rodgers and Thomas, Solicitors, Bank-street, Sheffield.



Saturday 29th February 1868 Sheffield Independent (page 11)
Unjust Scales, Weights - James Green grocer of Totley was summoned by Inspector Chawner for having in his possession a pair of scales 1oz. 2 drachmas against the purchaser, fined 20s. including costs, Harriet Fearney, grocer, Totley was fined 5s. and costs for a similar offence. [a drachma was a unit of apothecary weight equal to an eighth of an ounce]



Saturday 24th April 1869 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 1)
Cherrytree Orphanage Totley
At a meeting of the supporters of this Institution held in the Cutlers Hall, Sheffield on Wednesday April 7th, the Mayor (Thos. Moor Esq.) in the chair Mr. Ald. Webster reported that the Purchase of Deed vesting the property at Totley in Trustees has been completed and the Trustees with Messrs. Rogers Broadhead, Alfred Chadburn, Joseph Gamble and Wm. Harner were appointed the superintendents of the institute. The sum of £1,500 has been subscribed towards the building fund and further donations are earnestly desired about £800 being still required for the discharge of existing liabilities. Donations in aid of the Building Fund and annual subscriptions towards payment of interest and the current expenses of the Orphanage. 



Tuesday 25 May 1869 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 4)
Wanted, an experienced Cook; also Parlour Maid, and Housemaid. - None need apply who are not thoroughly competent to undertake the duties. Application to be made to Mrs. J. Roberts, Abbeydale Park.



Saturday 29th May 1869 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 1)
Cherrytree National Orphanage Totley near Sheffield

A sale of fancy and useful articles will be held for the benefit of the poor Orphanes on June 7 - 8 and 9 and 18 1869 in the large school room to commence each day at 11am. Admission l shilling to be returned in purchases except refreshments. 1,000 ladies and gentlemen are wanted to give a least one fancy or useful article for the benefit of the institution. Parcels containing goods may be sent to Mrs. Taylor, Brook Hall, Totley Sheffield.




Saturday 11th September 1869 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 5) Extract.
Sheffield Carriage Company (Limited) Annual Meeting.
The third ordinary general meeting of the shareholders of the above Comany was held yesterday at the Cutlers' Hall, Mr. J. H. Andrew, of Tapton, (the chairman of the board of directors) presiding. On the motion of Mr. R. Young, seconded by Mr. F. E. Smith, it was resolved that the number of directors be reduced to six instead of eight heretofore. The Board will now be constituted as follows: - Mr John Henry Andrew (chairman), Tapton, Sheffield; Mr Edward V. Birks, Fairfield House, Sheffield; Mr. Benjamin Carledge, Belmont, Sheffield; Mr George Kemp, Eyre-street, Sheffield; Mr. Joseph Mountain, Grove House, Millhouses, Sheffield; Mr. Henry Simpson, Broom Bank House, Sheffield
Saturday 20th February 1869 Sheffield Daily Telegraph (page 11)
The Alleged Injury to a Child
This action, which was brought by John Edward Greenwood Pinder, by his next friend, Clement Needham, of Totley, for injuries alleged to have been sustained by him from Joseph Rollison, of Totley, was brought yesterday under the notice of the Court by Mr. Barker, instructed by Messrs. Ryalls and Son, on his making an application to the Judge to grant a new trial on the ground of surprise and fresh evidence. Mr. Chambers opposed this, but his Honour stated he should grant a new trial on affidavit being submitted to him of the fresh evidence.

Monday 11th March 1869 Sheffield Independent (page 3)
The Alleged Ill-Treatment of a Boy at Totley

A new trial having been granted in the case of Pinder (through his next friend, Clement Needham), against Rollinson, the matter was again brought into court, Mr. Blackburn (instructed by Mr. Chambers) appearing for the plaintiff, and Mr. Barker (instructed by Mr. Ryalls) for the defendant. The action, it may be remembered, was brought for the recovery of £10, damages sustained through the ill-treatment of the plaintiff, whom it was alleged that the defendant thew over a hedge into a stream of water, besides beating him with a stick, the plaintiff being only a boy five years old. The facts, already published at some length, were again given in evidence. The defence, which had just been commenced when the Court rose, was that the defendant had not been guilty of any of the acts laid to his charge, and that the witnesses of the plaintiff had committed deliberate perjury. The hearing of the case will be resumed this morning.




Tuesday 12th March 1869 Sheffield Independent (page 4)
Sheffield County Court
Thursday. Before T. Ellison Esq, Judge.
The Action for Cruelty To a Boy. Needham v Rollinson
. New Trial. The further hearing of this case proceeded. The suit was brought to recover £10 for damages sustained by a boy named John Edward Pinder, who sued through his next friend, Clement Needham. It was alleged that the defendant had thrown the child twice into a brook, and the boy's life had been endangered thereby. Moreover, a serious assault had been committed on the lad. Mr. Blackburn appeared in support of the claim, and Mr. Barker for the defence. A plan of the scene of the alleged assault, which had been prepared by Mr. C.J. Innocent, was produced, and materially assisted the counsel in rendering the different positions of the witnesses clear to the jury. Witnesses for the defence were called to show that the defendant never threw the child into the brook at all, but that he walked into the water after the crabs which had fallen there. After Mr. Blackburn had ably replied upon the whole of the evidence, hsi Honour, in the course of his address to the jury, observed that the character of the witnesses on both sides was involved. The story of the plaintiff was perfectly clear, and there could be no mistake regarding the main facts of it. It was impossible that a woman could be wrong when she said that she saw a child picked up and thrown into the brook twice. It was for the jury to decide whether the witnesses for the plaintiff had spoken truly or not. There was some amount of what might be called discrepancy in the statements of Pinder and Mrs. Needham. His Honour then went over the facts of the case, and the jury retired to consider their verdict. After a absence of an hour and a half, they returned and gave a verdict for the plaintiff, damages 5s. Mr Blackburn asked for costs, and his Honour allowed £2.

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Because of the continuing need for measures to restrict the spread of the coronavirus, the monthly meetings of Totley History Group have been suspended until further notice. 


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We are fast running out of stocks of Pauline Burnett's history of Totley Rise. The last few copies are available only from Totley Rise Post Office, price £5. The Rise of Totley Rise has 94 pages including a useful index and is profusely illustrated throughout with many previously unpublished photographs from private collections. "Chronologically and in fascinating detail, Pauline Burnett's book tells the story of this small piece of land through Victorian and Edwardian times, two World Wars and up to the present day. I found the book to be an absolute delight..." Dore to Door.

A few copies are still available of Sally Goldsmith's book Thirteen Acres: John Ruskin and the Totley Communists. Totley was the site of a utopian scheme funded by art critic and social reformer John Ruskin. In 1877 he bought 13-acre St. George’s Farm so that nine Sheffield working men and their families could work the land and, to keep themselves busy, make boots and shoes. Sally tells an engaging story from our history with a quirky cast of characters including Ruskin himself, the poet and gay rights activist Edward Carpenter and Henry Swan, a cycling, vegetarian artist and Quaker. The book is available to order online from the The Guild of St. George by following this link.

A recently discovered box of WWII correspondence reveals the story of how a small group of ladies from Dore and Totley recruited knitters from the west of Sheffield and how their efforts made them the country's greatest provider of Comforts for the Minesweeping crews of the Royal Navy. The story is told in Knit For Victory, a new book from Totley History Group. Written by Pauline Burnett, it has 82 pages and many illustrations. It is on sale in local shops and via our website.

The story is told in Totley War Memorial WW1 of the ten men from our village who gave their lives in the Great War. Written by Pauline Burnett, Jim Martin and Dorothy Prosser, a chapter is devoted to each of the soldiers with a family tree followed by as much information as could be discovered about the men and their families. There is also information about their military careers and the actions in which they lost their lives. The book has 64 pages and is illustrated throughout with photographs of the men, their families and the houses where they lived.

A Canadian correspondent sent us photographs of a set of silver spoons that were bought in a small town in British Columbia. The case contained a note signed by Ebenezer Hall indicating that they were a wedding gift to Maurice and Fanny Housley. We think we may have traced how they got to Canada and where they might have been since.

Green Oak Park was opened on 23 March 1929 on land that had been bought by Norton District Council from John Thomas Carr, a farmer and smallholder of Mona Villas. In later years, the buildings were used by the Bowling Club (the green having been built in 1956) and by the park keeper. However, the buildings appear to have been constructed in several phases, the oldest of which predates the park to the time when the land was used for pasture.

We believe the old Totley Police Station at 331 Baslow Road was built around 1882. Two lock-up cells were excavated just below floor level in the summer of 1890. We have traced the Derbyshire Constabulary police officers who lived there from John Burford in 1886 to George Thomas Wood who was there when Totley was absorbed into Sheffield in 1934.

David Stanley lived in Totley Rise in the later years of his life. Born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, he joined the 17th Lancers when he was 19 and rode in the Charge of The Light Brigade at the Battle of Balaclava where he was seriously wounded. For the first reunion of veterans in 1875, he told his story to a reporter from the Buxton Herald.

This picture postcard was addressed to Miss Abell, Holly Dene, Totley Brook Road and posted in Rotherham on 10 December 1907. Edith Annie Abell was born on 4 February 1887 in Sheffield and her family came to live in our area in the 1900s, staying for the rest of their lives.

Charles Herbert Nunn enlisted in the British Army on 23 August 1915 and was sent to France on 18 December 1915 to served with the British Expeditionary Force. In March 1916 it was discovered that he was underage and he was returned home. Shortly after his 18th birthday he re-enlisted and was again posted abroad where, in addition to this trio of medals, he was awarded the Military Medal. 

This certificate was awarded jointly by the Red Cross and St. John's Ambulance to Isaac Henry Williams, of Lemont Road, for his services during WW1 as a stretcher bearer. We are seeking anyone who can help us pass it on to a living relative.

In 1832 Samuel Dean pleaded guilty to stealing a quantity of lead from the Totley Rolling Mill and was sentenced to seven years transportation to Australia. He sailed on the Mangles and upon arrival in New South Wales he was sent to work for William Cox, the famous English explorer and pioneer. After receiving his Certificate of Freedom in 1840, Samuel became a farmer and went on to have a very large family. Samuel was born in Whitechapel around 1811 to parents Samuel Dean Snr. and Susannah Duck. His descendant Sarah Dean would like help in tracing his ancestry.

Ellen Topham was born in 1889 in Nottingham. Her parents had been living together since 1862 but had never married so it was most unusual that, after their deaths, Ellen was accepted into Cherrytree Orphanage. Even more so since her father, Snowden Topham, had been acquitted somewhat unexpectedly in a widely reported manslaughter trial. Ellen remained at Cherrytree until her death from pulmonary tuberculosis at the age of 15.

Mabel Wilkes was a resident in Cherrytree Orphanage between 1897 and 1905. Her granddaughter Sally Knights sent us these images of a book presented to Mabel as a prize for her writing. Sally also sent us some personal memories of her grandmother and a photograph of a locket which contains portraits of Mabel and her husband Septimus Gale.

John Henry Manby Keighley was living at Avenue Farm when he enlisted in 1916. He fought in France with the Cheshire Regiment but after home leave in early 1918 he went missing. The Army were unable to determine whether he had deserted or returned to the front and been either killed or captured by the enemy. In August 1919 he was formally presumed killed in action but it appears he did not die but returned home to his family.

Horace Ford was admitted to Cherrytree Orphanage on 26 October 1888 at the age of six. He left at the age of 14 to become an apprentice blacksmith and farrier. Soon after his 18th birthday Horace enlisted in the Imperial Yeomanry to serve his country in the war in South Africa. His letter home to his Orphanage mentor tells of the lucky escape he had in battle.

Pat Skidmore (née Sampy) lived on Totley Brook Road from 1932 to 1948 before her family moved to Main Avenue. In this short article she remembers her time at Totley All Saints School where she was a contemporary of Eric Renshaw and Bob Carr.

As we have nowhere to exhibit memorabilia and artifacts, we have created a Virtual Museum instead. The latest addition to our collection is this double-sided Totley Rise Post Office oval illuminated sign which was on the wall of 67 Baslow Road before the Post Office business transferred to number 71. Please contact us by email if you have things that you own and would like to see added to the virtual museum.

Conway Plumbe was a man of many talents who came to live in Totley Rise around 1912. As a young man he had poems published by Punch magazine and is remembered in modern collections of WW1 poetry. A number of his paintings were accepted by the Royal Academy. An engineering graduate of London University, he joined the Civil Service where he rose to a high level as a factory inspector, publishing two books on the subject and giving a series of talks on workplace health and safety on BBC radio during WW2. In retirement he wrote a philosophical-spiritual work called Release From Time.

Inside Totley Rise Methodist Church there is a Roll of Honour commemorating the soldiers from its congregation who served their king and country during the Great War. For all but one of the 28 names the soldier's regiment is recorded in the next column. The exception is David Cockshott for whom 'killed in action' is written alongside yet he appears on no war memorial in our area and no record of a mortally wounded soldier of that name is to be found. We think we have solved the mystery.

Mrs. Kate Plumbe moved from Mansfield to Totley Rise with a number of her family in 1913 and became closely involved with the Totley Union Church. Her daughter Winifred became a missionary and headmistress in Calcutta for over 38 years following which she returned home to live with her sister Hilda on Furniss Avenue. Hilda had also been a teacher, missionary and, like her mother, a volunteer at St. John's VAD during WW1.

Thomas Glossop was a cutler and razor manufacturer who was well known amongst cricketing and gardening circles. Despite going blind, he was able to continue his hobbies with remarkable success

The Totley Union Cycling Society Prize Giving and Fete was held on the fields near Abbeydale Hall on 18 July 1914. Anne Rafferty and Gordon Wainwright have named some of the people in two wonderful photographs of the event. Can you identify any more for us? 

The Tyzack family are well known in our area for owning iron and steel trades at Walk Mill, Abbeydale Works, Totley Rolling Mill and Totley Forge. This article covers the history of the family from the late 18th century when William Tyzack the founder of the company was born until the early 20th century when Joshua Tyzack farmed at Avenue Farm, Dore.  

Walter Waller Marrison moved to Totley around 1897 with his wife and their two young sons. He was a house builder who constructed properties around Totley Brook and Greenoak before ill health forced him to take up less physically demanding work. In 1904 he took over the tenancy of the grocers and off licence at number 71 Baslow Road. After his death in 1908, his widow Kate and later their eldest son Jack continued to run the business until it was sold in 1934.   

Ron Wijk of Nieuw-Vennep in the Netherlands has sent us two scanned images of drawings of old cottages made by the celebrated Dutch painter, Anton Pieck (1895-1987) simply annotated "Totley", and wondered whether we could identify their locations.

We would like to thank Christopher Rodgers for bringing to our attention this fascinating log of the 85th Sheffield (St. John's and Totley Orphanage) Wolf Cub Pack for 1927-45. The log is published jointly by Sheffield Scout Archives and Totley History Group as a free PDF download. It is illustrated by no fewer than 92 photographs and is supported by a comprehensive index and biographies of some of the main participants.

Following our Open Meeting event on School Days, Roger Hart, Howard Adams and John Timperley have each written to us with their memories of Norwood School, which was located in the rooms attached to the Dore & Totley United Reformed Church on Totley Brook Road. 

On 22nd July 1909 the children of Dore and Totley Schools celebrated by a pageant the union of England under King Ecgbert which took place at Dore in AD 827. The pageant was devised and written by Mrs Sarah Milner and her daughter Marjorie and performed in a field close to Avenue Farm in front of a large audience. Photographs of the event survive together with a fragment of the script.

John Edward Greenwood Pinder had lived all 46 years of his life in Totley but on census night, Sunday 2 April 1911, he was not at home; he was in Derby Gaol serving a sentence of three months hard labour. From the age of 20, John had been in and out of local courts for a series of minor offences including drunkenness, assault, wilful damage and night poaching. Finally he was sent to gaol for cutting down and stealing 86 small trees which he sold in Sheffield market for Christmas.

We have already transcribed the census returns for Totley, Totley Rise and Dore. Now we have transcribed Census Strays. These are people who were born in Totley but are missing from our earlier transcriptions. They may have been living, working or studying elsewhere or just away from home on the night the census was taken. Two people were in prison. Others were in Union Workhouses, hospitals and asylums. Fully indexed strays from the 1851, 1861, 1881, 1891, 1901 and 1911 censuses are available now. 

We wish to thank Gillian Walker for allowing us to digitize an archive of material about the 1st Totley Scout Group. Most of the material was collected by Arthur Percival Birley in the period 1949-51 and there are many interesting documents pertaining to the building of the scout hut on Totley Hall Lane. In addition four Newsletters survive, two from the 1940s and two from 1971.

We are grateful to Angela Waite and All Saints' Parish Church for giving us access to baptismal and kindergarten birthday rolls dating from 1926 to 1941. We have transcribed the names, addresses, birthdates and baptismal dates and created an alphabetical index of entries for you to search. 

Edmund Sanderson, a Sheffield estate agent, aquired the land on either side of the old drive to Totley Grove in 1874 and divided it into plots for development. He called it the Totley Brook Estate. But before many houses were built, the estate road was severed in two by the building of the Dore & Chinley Railway line. The eastern end of the road became the cul-de-sac we now call Grove Road

John Roberts was born in Sheffield in 1798. He became a partner in one of the leading silversmiths firms in the city before moving to Abbeydale Park in 1851 and extending the house in Victorian gothic style. He paid for the building of St. John's Church and was believed to dispense more in charity than any other person in the neighbourhood including his protege Ebenezer Hall.

The Coke Family owned the Totley Hall Estate from 1791 to 1881. With the aid of a family tree to guide us, Josie Dunsmore takes us through the story of their tenure. 

When the Rev. D'Ewes Coke inherited the Totley Hall Estate in 1791 it had two farms. Josie Dunsmore tells the story of how the two farms were combined under the tenancy of Peter Flint with the aid of field maps drawn by Flint himself and later by the Fairbanks family.

Do you think you recognize this face? More than sixty photographs of the girls and teachers at Hurlfield Grammar School for Girls in the 1940s were given to Totley History Group by Avril Critchley, who was herself a student at the school. The collection includes fifteen form photographs from June 1949. There would have been a number of girls from the Totley area attending the school in those days.

Christine Weaving tells the story of her 2 x great uncle George Edward Hukin, a Totley razor-grinder, and his life-long friendship with the academic, poet, writer, and free-thinker Edward Carpenter.

Eric Renshaw (pictured here on the right with Bob Carr) grew up and lived in Totley from 1932 to 1960. Many of his memories are of a sporting nature.

We are very grateful to Gordon Grayson for giving us this splendid sale document for the Norton Hall Estates, following the death in 1850 of Samuel Shore. The estates included a large part of Totley and the document has maps and illustrations, plus schedules of land and property with the names of tenants. We have also added a transcription of the entries for Totley and Dore. 

Watch this Youtube video of the talk given by Dr. Mark Frost and Sally Goldsmith on Ruskin, Totley and St. George's Farm. The talk was hosted by Totley History Group on 20th May 2015 as part of the Ruskin in Sheffield programme. Also enjoy a video of the outdoor performance Boots, Fresh Air & Ginger Beer written by Sally.

When Jacqueline A. Gibbons became interested in what made her father tick, it began a journey through WW1 archive records and led to her flying from Toronto to visit the house and village where he lived and the countryside that he so much enjoyed. Jacqueline reminds us that in the early 20th century Sheffield was a driving force of industry and that Totley was the place where many of its remarkable people lived and where they formulated their ideas.

Edgar Wood was the designer of The Dingle, 172 Prospect Road, built in 1904 for Rev. William Blackshaw, the founder of the Croft House Settlement. The house, together with its western terrace and boundary walls, has now been awarded Grade II listed building status. 

What was probably "the most perfect little garden railway in existence" in 1910 was to be found in the grounds of Brook House, Grove Road, the home of its designer and constructor, Guy Mitchell. Look at some wonderful photographs and read reports in newspapers and a full appreciation in Model Railways magazine. 

We have now completed our transcription of Totley School's Admission Records for the period from 1877 to 1914. There is also a useful index to the names of the scholars and to their parents or guardians. We are very grateful to Sheffield Archives and Local Studies Library for allowing us to transcribe and publish these records and for permission to reproduce the photograph of a specimen page of the register.

On 8, 9 and 11 November 2014 Totley History Group held an exhibition at Dore & Totley United Reformed Church to commemorate the centenary of the First World War. Below are additional links to some of the photographs we were lent and stories we researched especially for the exhibition.


Oscar Creswick was a local farmer who served with the Army Service Corps in Salonika and who after the war returned to Totley to become the innkeeper of the Cricket Inn and a member of the village's successful tug of war team.


Walter Evans was a market gardener who also ran a small grocery shop on Hillfoot Road when war broke out. He fought with the Machine Gun Corps at the fourth battle of Ypres. After the war, Walter ran a grocers shop at the top of Main Avenue.


Fred Cartwright was another Totley soldier who survived the Great War. He fought in France and Belgium and although he wasn't wounded he was gassed and was home on sick leave when his daughter was delivered by Nurse Jessop during a snowstorm in January 1917.


Maurice Johnson joined the Yorkshire Dragoons, a territorial unit, on 1 Jan 1914 and so was called up at the very start of the war. He fought throughout the war on the Somme, at Ypres and at Cambrai. After demobilization in 1919 Maurice returned to his old occupation in the steel industry.


Bill Glossop lent us a letter written by his father, William Walton Glossop to his wife describing life in the army during training in the north east of England and asking her to keep him in mind with the children.


The photo above provides a link to an album of photographs taken of WW1 Hospitals at St. John's, Abbeydale and the Longshaw Estate.


Nora Green, of Chapel Lane, was only 14 when war broke out. In 1914 she was ill with diphtheria and was sent to the isolation hospital at Holmley Lane, Dronfield. Nora recovered and wrote a letter of thanks to one of the hospital staff and the reply she received survives. 


We have collected together on this page the names of local men who appear on various War Memorials and Rolls of Honour in Totley, Dore, Abbeydale, Norton, Holmesfield and Dronfield.


Unfortunately we were unable to identify all the photographs we were lent of Totley Soldiers. Please take a look at this album to see if you recognize any of the missing names.

This walk visits locations that have strong associations with Totley during the First World War. It includes the homes of the ten soldiers from the village who lost their lives, the auxiliary hospitals, war memorials, and even the rifle range on which the soldiers trained. Take a look at the first draft of a new walk by the authors of "Totley War Memorial WW1 1914-1918"

We wish to thank the Trustees of Cherrytree for giving us permission to publish transcriptions of the Cherrytree Orphanage Admissions Book entries for the years 1866-1929. There is also an alphabetical index for you to look at.

With more people having access to faster broadband and mobile networks, we have uploaded seven full and unedited oral history recordings and also added more short excerpts for you to listen to.

Our transcriptions of local trade directories have been expanded to cover the 95 years from 1837-1932 and have also been indexed. From the days when there were a handful of farmers, stone masons, saw handle makers & scythe grinders to the wonders of the Totley Bridge Garage Company, Betty's Boudoir and The Heatherfield Shopping Centre.

We continue to add to our Totley Newspaper Archive. Recent entries have included several about The Plumbe Family, Thomas Glossop and accidents during the construction of Totley Tunnel.

Totley Church of England Parish Magazines for the years 1922-1939 and 1948-1967 with notices of births, marriages and deaths and accounts of spiritual, educational, charitable and social matters in the village. 

Around 90 photographs taken by Stuart Greenhoff for his thesis A Geographical Study of Dore and Totley including several of Totley Moor Brickworks. Superb!  

Chronologically ordered snippets of information recorded by Brian Edwards during his many years of research into our local history.

Read the inscriptions on more than 700 gravestones in  the churchyard.


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